From its first pages, “Mister Miracle” by Tom King hooks readers with its grounded and visceral depictions of mental health. The image of Scott Free laying on the bathroom floor after a suicide attempt is a sobering one. What ensues is a story partway between domestic drama and space epic with a healthy dose of biting reality.
Mister Miracle and Big Barda, both with ties to DC’s “New Gods,” have always been a small but active presence in the DC Universe. Despite countless reboots and continuity revisions, the duo’s relationship has survived for decades worth of different stories. Despite both being scarred by their upbringing on the planet Apokolips, Mister Miracle, aka Scott Free, and Big Barda have forged a good life for themselves. This is, of course, thrown into disarray by threats from their homeworld, a newborn child, and Scott’s mental baggage.
This book doesn’t once sugarcoat the fact that in addition to dealing with the threat of Apokolips, Scott is also contending with persistent mental health issues. After all, we live in a day and age where mental health discussions are making their way into more relevant media.